At the far end of town
where the Grickle-grass grows
and the wind smells slow-and-sour when it blows
and no birds every sing excepting old crows…
is the Street of the Lifted Lorax.
And so begins the sing-song rhythmic read of The Lorax. Do you remember this book? The pictures of the colorful and fluffy Truffula Trees. That is until The Old Once-ler came round, and decided he need to chop the trees down (intentional rhyme) 😛
Then the Lorax showed up to speak for the trees, he said do not cut them I am asking you please!
(Ok… now I can’t stop so I am just going to go with it)
The Lorax tried to stop the factory that was built, but progress was already moving full tilt!
With no more trees the Bar Ba Loots had nothing to eat, but really its just business so sadly they retreat.
As the story goes the end came at last, with no trees and no animals all was in the past…
Yet one seed did remain and plant it we must, for the future is ours and to us it must trust.
I checked this out from the library for banned book week. This book just brings back the memories of all sorts of Seuss moments, and while this is not one of the big names I remember (Cat In The Hat, One Fish, Two Fish, Hop On Pop…) it is one that does hold a message.
I just loved reading it again!
Why was The Lorax a banned book?
The Lorax was banned because it was felt to cast a negative look on the forestry industry.
In 1989, the Laytonville, CA Unified School District tried to do just that. They challenged the book based on someone’s belief that it criminalizes the foresting industry.
I borrowed this book from my local library